Zurich Classic 2024: Odds, predictions, picks for PGA Tour team event

The Zurich Classic in New Orleans is unlike any other event on the PGA Tour.

The tournament will feature a team format of two players, rather than individual stroke play for 72 holes.

In the first round on Thursday and the third round on Saturday, teams will play four-ball. This means each player plays their own ball. The highest score between the two players is then taken for each hole for the team. Then, in the second round on Friday and the final round on Sunday, teams compete in foursomes (also known as alternative shots), so he only tallies one score per hole.

Of the 80 participating teams, the top 33 teams and the same ranking teams will advance to the weekend. The winning team will receive his 800 FedEx Cup points (each player his 400 points) and the PGA Tour will give him a two-year exemption. However, the winner will not receive an invitation to the following year’s Masters and will not receive Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans odds:

The current situation is as follows odds According to DraftKings, for a team to win:

  • Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele +500
  • Rory McIlroy & Shane Lowry +800
  • Will Zalatoris & Sahit Tegara +1100
  • Colin Morikawa & Kurt Kitayama +1600
  • Tom Hoge & Maverick McNeely +2500
  • Matt Fitzpatrick & Alex Fitzpatrick +2500
  • Taylor Pendrith & Corey Connors +3500
  • Rasmus Hoygaard & Nikolai Hoygaard +3500
  • Taylor Montgomery & Ben Griffin +4000
  • Sepp Straka & Ben Griffin +4000
  • Nick Taylor & Adam Hadwin +4000
  • Keith Mitchell & Joel Damen +4000
  • Bryce Garnett & Sepp Straka +4000

Brothers Matt and Alex Fitzpatrick will once again compete at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.
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Zurich Classic of New Orleans predictions

The all-Irish duo of Rory McIlroy and Shane Rowley will highlight this year’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans. But so are Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, the only team comprised of two players ranked within the top 10 of OWGR.

Three sets of brothers will also compete, including Fitzpatricks, who tied for 19th here a year ago. In season 2 of Netflix, full swing highlighted the triumphs and tribulations from this event to last season’s British Open Championship.

Other brothers appearing this week include the formidable Danish duo Nikolaj and Rasmus Højgaard, and Americans Pearson and Parker Coody. As such, the 2024 Zurich Classic will mark the first time in his PGA Tour history that two sets of twins will compete in the same event.

Cantlay and Schauffele fight but fall short again

Cantlay and Schauffele arrive at the Bayou as strong favorites, and that’s no surprise. They have the best team on paper, but Cantlay hasn’t had a great 2024 season.

The former UCLA Bruin currently ranks 91st in strokes gained and 149th in strokes gained on tour overall, and is closing in on green this season. He also has only two top-10 finishes.

Cantlay’s iron play has let him down badly, but perhaps he discovered something at Havertown last week. He tied for 3rd place at the RBC Heritage, and ranked 5th in stroke gain, which is a golf course that emphasizes iron play when approaching the green. This was his best finish since the Genesis Invitational, and although he held the lead for most of the tournament, he ended up tied for fourth place.

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Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay take home the trophy after winning the 2022 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
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Meanwhile, Schauffele has had a great season, ranking second behind Scottie Scheffler in overall strokes gained. He tied for 18th at RBC Heritage, but before that he had three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a tie for second at TPC Sawgrass and a solo eighth at Augusta National.

We wouldn’t be surprised if this duo wins the Zurich Classic in New Orleans again. In the end, they did it in 2022 with an impressive score of 29 under. But these two golfers have struggled to finish the job this year, when their lights shine the brightest. We imagine that story to endure, especially since they emerged as high-profile favorites.

Winners: Two young American stars.

The team of Sahit Segala and Will Zalatoris will be hoping to win this week in Louisiana. They arrive at his third-lowest odds at +1100, but it’s a solid price for these young stars.

Seagala, who just finished solo in second place at the RBC Heritage, has five top-10 finishes this season. He has a natural ability to shape any shot he wants, and in Strokes Gained: Putting he ranks 13th on the PGA Tour. Coupled with Zalatoris’ pedigree as a great ball striker, we believe Tegara and Zalatoris will win.

Additionally, the two have a great camaraderie with each other, as highlighted by Seagala’s comments after a successful week in Harbor Town.

“I’m very excited. I just really want to win with Will. I’m excited that he agreed to play with me and that he’s going to take me a little bit.” I know it’s going to be tough, but we’re just going to have a lot of fun and I think our games are meshing really well,” Segala said Monday.

Sahis Segala, RBC Heritage

Sahith Segala steps off the 18th green in a continuation of the final round of the 2024 RBC Heritage.
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“We’re going to be horrible to each other for the bad shots, and we’re going to give a lot of love to the good shots. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we’re going to try to really knock it out.”

Interestingly, Seagala and Zalatoris each have one previous PGA Tour win. Segala won his first Fortinet Championship last September, and Zalatoris won his first at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in August 2022.

They know what it takes to win. But things change somewhat this week as these players step into the unfamiliar territory of playing on a professional team. Neither player has competed in the Presidents Cup or the Ryder Cup, but Zalatoris competed in the 2017 Walker Cup as an amateur at Los Angeles Country Club.

Still, these two entertaining Americans will rely on each other to win the Zurich Classic.

Jack Mirko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through.Be sure to check it out @_PlayingThrough Cover more golf. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko In the same way.